Vassal of The Crown
Words: "Tears in our wake, never at our wake."
Sigil: A blood-red wake widening behind a sea serpent.
Nickname: Sea serpents.
After the complete destruction of House Marin during the Reckoning, it did not take much time for House Thrax to assert their dominance over all of the Mourning Isles and claim all of the isles in the eastern seas as their own. Warlike and aggressive, the seaborn reavers of House Thrax have warred against every other great house in the Compact at some time or another, and even staged a violent overthrow of House Grayson during the Crownbreaker Wars for the short-lived Thrax Dynasty. However little House Thrax is liked, they command respect and fear due to their overwhelming power at sea, which in turn has made them traditional allies of House Velenosa due to the latter's great degree of seaborne shipping.
Nobility of the Mourning Isles are known to be some of the most pragmatic, disciplined and traditional in all of Arvum. To an Isles peer, there is no greater shame than to bring dishonor upon your house. They have long advocated for the needs of one's institutions and family before the individual, giving them a strong respect for hierarchy and bloodlines. Thraxian culture is strict - the lower will always serve the higher and anyone can be sacrificed to preserve tradition.
|Victus||1||Ruling Prince||Prince of Maelstrom - High Lord of the Mourning Isles|
|Margot||2||Voice||Duchess of Tyde Hall - Ruler of Tyde - Voice of Thrax|
|Alarissa||2||Voice||Princess Consort of Maelstrom - Minister of Welfare|
|Dagon||3||Noble Family||Duke Consort of Tyde Hall - Sword of Maelstrom|
|Denica||3||Noble Family||Princess - Minister of Grievances|
|Galen||3||Noble Family||Prince - Warlord of Thrax - Marshal of the Legion|
|Sorrel||3||Noble Family||Princess - Minister of Charters|
|Klaus||3||Noble Family||Prince - Captain of the Footmen|
|Raimon||3||Noble Family||Prince - Captain of the Pike|
|Vega||3||Noble Family||Princess - Minister of Agriculture|
|Tyrus||3||Noble Family||Prince - Captain of the Dromonds|
|Carita||4||Trusted House Servants||Countess of Darkwater Watch - Ruler of Darkwater - Minister of Finance|
|Skye||4||Trusted House Servants||Baroness of New Hope - Ruler of Blackshore - Minister of Infrastructure|
|Sparte||4||Trusted House Servants||Stoat Man - Victus' Protege|
|Zyanya||4||Trusted House Servants|
|Cordelia||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Grimhall|
|Turo||5||Noble Vassals||Count of Escuma - Ruler of Navegant|
|Venta||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Darkwater - Former Countess of Darkwater|
|Octavia||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Kennex|
|Calliope||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Grimhall|
|Cecilia||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Kennex|
|Valdemar||5||Noble Vassals||Duke of Grihem's Point - Ruler of Grimhall|
|Atrid||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Darkwater|
|Marina||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Redreef|
|Ember||5||Noble Vassals||Baroness of Redreef Shores - Ruler of Redreef - 'Princess of Parties'|
|Edward||5||Noble Vassals||Baron of Whitefrost - Ruler of Stormbreak|
|Baltus||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Darkwater|
|Azova||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Darkwater|
|Wash||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Kennex - Admiral of Thrax - Captain of the Galleys|
|Catalana||5||Noble Vassals||Voice of Kennex|
|Jan||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Kennex|
|Victoria||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Kennex|
|Declan||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Tyde|
|Regla||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Navegant - Sword of Escuma|
|Estil||5||Noble Vassals||Voice of Navegant|
|Lethe||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Tyde|
|Archeron||5||Noble Vassals||Voice of Tyde|
|Ian||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Kennex - Sword of Stormward|
|Annika||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Navegant|
|Dion||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Navegant|
|Christine||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Kennex|
|Arcelia||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Navegant|
|Aethan||5||Noble Vassals||Duke-Regent of Stormward - Ruler of Kennex|
|Faelan||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Navegant|
|Vanora||5||Noble Vassals||Duchess-consort of Grihem's Point - Voice of Grimhall|
|Erasmus||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Tyde|
|Iseulet||5||Noble Vassals||Marquessa of Elune - Ruler of Seryn|
|Romulius||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Blackshore|
|Dycard||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Blackshore|
|Vera(RIP)||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Melaeris|
|Sinclair(RIP)||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Melaeris|
|Zoey||5||Noble Vassals||Voice of Kennex|
|Ingvar||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Grimhall|
|Eamon||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Darkwater|
|Ingrid||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Grimhall|
|Fredrik||5||Noble Vassals||Count of Redkeep - Ruler of Redtyde|
|Pepper||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Navegant|
|Constantine||5||Noble Vassals||Voice of Kennex|
|Erik||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Grimhall|
|Garret||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Navegant|
|Cornelius||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Blackshore|
|Sanya||5||Noble Vassals||Voice of Grimhall|
|Jace||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Redreef|
|Lilith(RIP)||5||Noble Vassals||Voice of Melaeris|
|Scythia||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Redreef|
|Rowynna||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Blackshore|
|Zorianna||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Blackshore|
|Katya||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Grimhall|
|Filusae||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Tyde|
|Evander||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Kennex|
|Delfina||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Darkwater|
|Radhilde||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Tyde|
|Aelgar||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Navegant|
|Lilia||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Grimhall|
|Scirocco||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Grimhall|
|Gogil||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Redreef|
|Aedric||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Blackshore|
|Seroza||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Grimhall|
|Gunnar(RIP)||5||Noble Vassals||Marquis-consort of Astarrea - Voice of Melaeris|
|Alina||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Redreef|
|Wulfrum||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Darkwater|
|Valerian||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Kennex|
|Rorik||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Kennex|
|Mikael||5||Noble Vassals||Lord of Kennex|
|Meara||5||Noble Vassals||Lady of Kennex|
|Medeia||5||Noble Vassals||Thrax Family Physician|
|Donella||6||Family Emeritus||Former Princess - Former Voice of Thrax|
|Jaenelle||6||Family Emeritus||Former Princess - Archduchess-Regent of the Lyceum|
|Reveka||9||Forgotten Commoners||Don't Ask|
|Sorrel||Productivity||Minister of Charters|
|Galen||Warfare||Warlord of Thrax|
|Skye||Upkeep||Minister of Infrastructure|
|Carita||Income||Minister of Finance|
Description: Located in the heart of the Mourning Islands, Maelstrom is a mighty fortress with a bloody history of brutal domination over the surrounding isles - it is also the name of the large island over which this fortress looms. Heavily populated under its unyielding watch, thralls labor and die under the shadow of the fortress of House Thrax and surrounding city.
Landmarks: The Great Shrine of Mangata, built in 1007 AR as part of the Pilgrimage Path, is the largest of its kind in Arvum. It is home to the Mangata Colossus, an imposing statue carved in the Goddess' likeness that towers over Maelstrom's dockyard. While intimidating in stature, the statue is regarded as a representation of hope. The colossus holds a burning brazier in its outstretched hand, acting as a beacon to all ships sailing into Thrax's capital. The fire held by the colossus was carried from Lagoma's Eternal Flame in Arx.
After the Gyre War, a significant portion of the fields outside Maelstrom was cleared to make way for a memorial. The Graveyard of Swords was dedicated to those soldiers slain at Setarco and Stormwall. With either the bodies of the dead or an item of theirs being buried, and a steel sword driven into the ground where they rest. The field was left with room to expand. The number of swords has slowly grown with time as more valiant soldiers have passed. It is said to be a breathtaking sight when the sun's rays reflect off the blades.
The Maelstrom Lodge of Petrichor has been built, providing agricultural development and survival training.
The Marie Thrax Universities of Order and Economics have been built on the bay.
Part of the Kismet Carnivals.
Part of the Seacoast Watch of the Mourning Isles, built in 1013
Trends: A degree of religious revival is noticed in Thrax, as the shrine has been built and many and more are turning to the Faith during difficult times.
After a period of reformation to the system of thralldom, the current Prince of Maelstrom has announced his intent to see thralldom utterly abolished. The proclamation has been met with approval from much of the Compact, but has utterly infuriated the traditionalist majority of the Mourning Isles.